Matthison, Edith Wynne
Edith Wynne Matthison (November 23, 1875 - September 23, 1955) was an Anglo-American stage actress who also appeared in two silent films. Autograph Card Writing Signed, 06/08/1908 - 3x 2 written in blk ink with lovely age-toning seen throughout overall, fine condition.
She was educated in King Edward’s Grammar School and Midland Institute, and began at 21 to appear in musical comedy, later joining Ben Greet’s company, playing leading parts in The Three Musketeers and Money.
She specialized in Shakespeare and classic drama almost from the start of her career.
She was acting in the same play, The Merchant of Venice, with the legendary actor Sir Henry Irving the night he died. Irving nearly died in Matthison’s arms.
She has appeared in Greek and mystery plays, old English comedies, and modern plays. In the United States in 1904 she appeared in Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer.
Matthison married the playwright Charles Rann Kennedy in 1898, acted in many of his plays, and advised him during their development.
A happy couple who enjoyed a long marriage of 50 years, they had no children. They both taught at Bennett Junior College in Millbrook, New York.
At one time her niece Gladys Edith Wynne was married to the stage and silent film star Milton Sills. Matthison died of a stroke in Los Angeles on September 23, 1955.